LA MOCA anti-war mural

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Blu Los-Angeles MOCA Nov10 2 1000.jpg

Artist: Blu

Year: 2010

Date of Action: December 15, 2010

Region: North America

Location: Los Angeles, California

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Painting, Public Art

Confronting Bodies: LA Museum of Contemporary Art

Description of Artwork: An anti-war mural was painted by the Italian street artist Blu on a wall of the Geffen Contemporary building which featured military-style coffins draped in dollar bills rather than flags.

The Incident: MOCA had commissioned Blu to paint a mural as a part of its "Art in the Streets" exhibition. The museum did not receive a proposal from Blu prior to starting the work and upon seeing it, MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch said that the mural was insensitive to a neighborhood that includes a Veterans Affairs hospital and a war memorial to Japanese American soldiers.

Results of Incident: MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch ordered a whitewash of the mural.

Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/15/entertainment/la-et-moca-mural-20101215